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Surprises pop up in District 5 county race

A couple of surprises popped up in the Douglas County Commissioner District 5 race.

First, incumbent Dan Olson, who initially filed for re-election, decided to withdraw from the race last week. He’s served the district for four terms.

When contacted by the Echo Press, Olson declined to elaborate on his decision at this time.

Former Alexandria police chief Chuck Nettestad was the only candidate who filed against Olson. He got into the race on the last day of the initial filing period, June 3.

Under state law, if a candidate withdraws from a position and it results in only one remaining candidate, the filing period for that position must be reopened for five days, in this case, through Tuesday, June 10.

Owen Miller, who serves on the Alexandria City Council, filed for the position on Monday. As of Tuesday morning, he was the only new candidate to file.

Miller’s term as council member for Ward 3 expires in 2016.

District 5 includes three precincts in the city of Alexandria – Ward 3, Ward 4 and Ward 5, precinct 2.

Two other county positions are contested. Jim Stratton, the incumbent in County Commissioner District 2, is being challenged by Jon Gaugert, and the sheriff’s race drew four candidates – incumbent Troy Wolbersen and challengers, Rich Homan, Greg Windhurst and Scot Umlauf.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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